Commonwealth Policy Center

Last week, the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on “How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate.” Of course, nobody wants hate and they don’t want tax dollars subsidizing it. But how do you define hate? In today’s public arena, hate is often considered as having the wrong view, the politically incorrect view or the religiously informed view. For example, it’s been considered hateful to articulate that marriage is between one man and one woman. House Democrats identified 60, mostly socially conservative and religiously based organizations as hate groups. These include the pro-life American College of Pediatricians, the Catholic IHS Press, the pro-marriage Ruth Institute, and the American Family Association. The House committee didn’t propose legislation, but the hearing has alarmed conservatives that they’re being targeted.